The Sitka Local Foods Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit group dedicated to promoting the growing, harvesting and eating of local foods in Sitka, Alaska.
The 2008 Sitka Health Summit planted the seeds for the Sitka Local Foods Network when Sitka community members got together and chose two local-foods-oriented projects as community health priorities. The Sitka Health Summit participants wanted to start a public market so Sitka residents had easier access to local fish and produce, and the participants wanted to build a community greenhouse and expand the community garden programs so more local produce could be grown in Sitka. Since there were a lot of tie-ins between the two projects, the Sitka Local Foods Network was created to streamline the work efforts.
The Sitka Local Foods Network now has five major focus areas:
* Creating and operating the Sitka Farmers Market, where people can sell locally grown produce, locally harvested fish and locally produced arts and crafts. The Sitka Farmers Market takes place on alternate Saturdays from July through September (the 2012 Sitka Farmers Market dates are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18, Sept. 1 and 15, at ANB Hall).
* Expanding local community gardens, so people who don't have their own plots of land can grow their own fruits and vegetables. Sitka currently has the Blatchley Community Garden where families and other groups can get their own plot, and the new St. Peter's Fellowship Farm which is a cooperative communal garden with most of the food being sold at the farmers markets or used by non-profit groups.
* Planning and building a Sitka Community Greenhouse and Education Center, which can help extend the growing season and allow us to grow additional crops.
* Promoting the sustainable use of traditional foods (subsistence foods), such as local salmon, halibut, cod, deer, berries, seaweeds and other foods that were in the Tlingit diet before non-Natives arrived in Sitka.
* Providing educational opportunities, technical expertise and encouragement so Sitka residents who want to build their own gardens have the knowledge and support they need. Our main education event is Let's Grow Sitka, a gardening show in March (the 2012 Let's Grow Sitka takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at ANB Hall).
Sitka Local Foods Network
A non-profit organization promoting and encouraging the use of locally grown, harvested and produced foods in Sitka, Alaska.
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